Top 6 September Albums That Are Worth A Damn



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Holy shit, September didn’t make it easy. So much sifting had to happen on this list and many artists had to be cut. But after much back and forth and a mild amount of teeth gritting, these are the 6 September albums that are worth a damn.
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1. Opeth – Sorceress

It’s always exciting to get a new Opeth album, especially one influenced by obscure prog. Sorceress was influenced by obscure prog albums — like the self-titled 1972 release from Italian outfit Il Paese dei Balocchi (The Land of Toys) — and the darker matters of the heart. “I was trying to draw inspiration from the negative aspects of love: the jealousy, the mindfucks, the paranoia and everything that comes with what’s ultimately a beautiful feeling,” Lead vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt told Rolling Stone. “How can you not get excited for talented musicians to flex their progressive chops.”
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2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

Released on the 9th of September, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree is painful, heartfelt album that was written after the tragic loss of his son, Arthur, in July 2015 after falling to his death while under the influence of LSD. If critics are to be believed then this is Cave at his most devastated, visceral, and exploratory.
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3. Jack White- Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

What’s there really to say here? When Jack White releases an album you’re almost forced to pay attention. Spanning songs from The White Stripes, his solo career, and The Raconteurs, this is an album for any Jack White fan to own. It even has an unreleased White Stripes song on there.
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4. Kansas – The Prelude Implicit

While Rich Williams, Phil Ehart, and Billy Greer are the most tenured Kansas members to play on The Prelude Implicit, the spirit remains the same. When classic groups come back with an album, it has the potential to be met with a lot of groans. We’ve waited 16 years since Somewhere to Elsewhere and it seems Kansas is showing no signs of rust.
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5. Bon Iver – 22, A Million

I’m going to say it. I’m not the biggest Bon Iver fan. Indie crooners that produce thoughtful love songs, Bon Iver’s talented, but not for me. However, with some of the reviews hitting for their newest album 22, A Million I have to say I’m quite intrigued. To take a review snippet from Prettymuchamazing: “Not since Kid A has an album so superb pushed away and pulled closer its audience, simultaneously and with such aplomb.” How could that not grab your attention? I have to know more!
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6. The Dear Hunter – Act V: Hymns With the Devil In Confessional

Since starting with Act 1: The Lake South, The River North The Dear Hunter had made quite a career for themselves. Grandiose, bombastic progressive rock is their game and while it might be a tad to over the top and cheesy a times, let’s face it sometimes — it’s something that we need in a our lives. The Dear Hunter is the band to do just that.

Photo: Bon Iver; credit By danieljordahl from Östersund, Sweden (Bon Iver) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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